- Improve Your Leadership… Take a Nap. Mark Miller writes “If you lead long enough, you’ll encounter a season in which you must push yourself physically, and from time to time, this will infringe on your rest. Do what you have to do, but don’t allow your leadership to be destroyed by making this your typical approach to work. If any of this feels too close to home for you, maybe the best thing you can do this weekend is take a nap.
- Joy at Work: A CEO’s Revolutionary Approach to Fun on the Job. Shaped by his religious faith, his years at Harvard Business School, and his experience working for the Federal Energy Administration, Bakke tells the remarkable story of AES in Joy at Work.
- Faith & Work Ministries Partner the Pew and the Pulpit. Helping churches integrate their faith and work is the responsibility both of the pastoral staff and lay leaders.
- How Entrepreneurs Practice Their Faith Through Companies. Chris Horst shares 6 ways corporations act religiously.
- How High is Your Emotional Intelligence? Brad Lomenick writes “Measuring your IQ has been a standard for years and years. We determine how “smart” someone is by their IQ score. How about your EQ? Your emotional quotient. Your level of emotional intelligence. Your ability to read people, connect relationally, create long term friendships and relationships, etc.”
- Southwest Airlines Legendary Corporate Culture. Bill Peel interviews Dave Ridley, who during his 27 years at Southwest served as SVP Chief Marketing Officer; SVP People and Leadership Development; SVP Business Development; and VP of Ground (Airport) Operations. Having recently retired, he retains an office at Southwest and serves as Senior Advisor to the CEO.
- Dennis Bakke’s Top Ten. Here are Dennis Bakke’s (author of Joy at Work) top ten thoughts on leadership.
- High Performance Organizations Create Clarity. Mark Miller writes “High Performance Organizations do things lesser performing organizations don’t – today’s post is a perfect example. HPOs create clarity on what’s important throughout the enterprise.”
- John Maxwell on Being Complacent. In this “Minute with Maxwell”, John Maxwell looks at what it means to be complacent.
- Dan, 10,000 Hours and Your Development. Based on Geoff Colvin’s framework, Eric Geiger shares five questions to consider with respect to your own personal development.
- 3 Critical Characteristics of a Real Leader’s Passion. Dr. Alan Zimmerman shares three additional things that “good” leaders DO so everyone accomplishes more.
- The Grass is Green at Walker Mowers: Faith & Human Flourishing. Walker Mowers exemplifies the good that Christian faith, applied in the workplace, can contribute to human flourishing.
- Watch Daniel Macarthur’s “Faith Under Fire” Message. David Murray writes “Daniel McArthur, the General Manager of Ashers Baking Company, speaks about his company’s courageous stance, freedom of conscience and The Christian Institute. Ashers Baking Co. was recently taken to court by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland and is now awaiting the judge’s decision on whether they discriminated against homosexuals for refusing to ice a cake with a pro-gay marriage message.”
- The Eisenhower Matrix and Three Thoughts for Leaders. Eric Geiger writes “Dwight Eisenhower is noted as saying, “What is important is seldom urgent, and what is urgent is seldom important.” He is credited with the quote because of his emphasis on planning and strategy. From this quote, the Eisenhower matrix was born, which Stephen Covey later popularized.”
Books and Videos:
- Faith and Work Book Reading List for the Beach – or Anywhere. Here are a few book recommendations. I’ve read The Gospel and Work and What’s Best Next with colleagues at work in book clubs and can highly recommend them.
- St. Louis Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny on Baseball, Manhood, and Faith. Darren Patrick, a St. Louis pastor interviews Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny, author of The Matheny Manifesto. See our review of the book here.
- Wisdom from Women in the Bible. John Maxwell releases his latest book, Wisdom from Women in the Bible. Like his two other Giants of the Bible books, it’s written in a narrative form, but it’s still filled with the things that he’s learned from each featured Biblical character. This time, he focused on female leaders in the Bible, imagining what it would be like to meet these inspiring women.
- God, the Gospel, and Getting Things Done. Check out this one-hour video of a discussion panel with Matt Perman (author of the excellent What’s Best Next), Charles Smith Jr., and Dr. Jason K. Allen.
It’s amazing to me to see how many people expect to end up in a certain place and yet they will not lead and they refuse to be led. Andy Andrews
Life is special when you reach out beyond yourself to be a true servant leader for others. Ken Blanchard
Change is inevitable. Growth is optional. John Maxwell
Education without motivation serves no useful purpose. Dr. Alan Zimmerman
If you think you’re leading and look behind and no one is following, you’re just out for a week. Dr. Alan Zimmerman
Great leaders find their own approach to learning, but they all do whatever it takes to keep learning. Mark Miller
The latest book from Mark Miller helps leaders elevate their leadership, looking at leadership as chess, rather than checkers. I have previously enjoyed Miller’s The Secret (with Ken Blanchard) and his previous book The Heart of Leadership. See my review of The Heart of Leadership here
This book is written as a story or parable, much like the books of Ken Blanchard, Patrick Lencioni or Miller’s previous books. We meet Blake who leaves his position at Dynastar to take on his first CEO assignment at a small organization that has a good product, but is not being led well. In fact, Blake is the fifth CEO in the past ten years. On his first day he is stunned at the culture he walks into. He knows he has a lot of work ahead of him if he is going to be successful. He needs help so he reaches out to his long-time mentor Debbie, who herself had been mentored by Blake’s late father. As much as Debbie has helped him in the past she feels that he needs mentoring from someone who has been a CEO in the past, and was very good at leading large and complex organization. So Debbie connects Blake with Jack.
Blake begins a mentoring relationship with Jack, who uses the games of chess and checkers to help Blake elevate his leadership game and try to turn his new company into a high performance organization. Jack share four leadership moves, applied from the game of chess, with Blake. Blake then takes what he has learned back to his leadership team. He meets some resistance and realizes that as Jim Collins has written in Good to Great that he not only needs to get the right people on the bus, but he needs to get the wrong people off the bus as well. Not all of Blake’s current leadership team buys into his vision for the future and thus they have to go.
I really enjoyed following Blake’s leadership journey in this story, but much more so the valuable lessons Miller brings out in this short book. Although you can read the book in just a few hours, I recommend that you take a different approach. Read and discuss the book with your current leaders or mentees, taking time to discuss in depth each of the moves and principles Jack shares with Blake.
Miller currently serves as Vice President for Leadership Development for Chick-fil-A, an organization I very much admire. I’m very excited that a new Chick-fil-A restaurant is being built at this time in my community. Don’t forget to check out Mark Miller’s website at www.greatleadersserve.org
Faith and Work Book Clubs – Won’t you read along with us?
The Conviction to Lead: 25 Principles for Leadership That Matters by Albert Mohler
We’re reading this excellent book from Albert Mohler, one of the best that I’ve read on leadership. It is broken down into 25 relatively short chapters. Won’t you read along with us?
- A good leader stands out when character is matched by competence and the central virtue of knowing what to do.
- True credibility rests in the ability of others to trust what the leader can do.
- When you enter the room, trust and confidence had better enter with you. If not, leadership is not happening.
- No leader is competent to fill every leadership position in every organization.
- You must be competent in the skills and abilities of the leadership role to which you have been called.
- Some positions of leadership require specific educational preparation and academic credentials. Other positions of leadership require the credibility that comes through experience.
- Credibility can be earned. As a matter of fact, that is the only way you can get it. The good news is that credibility can be earned. The bad news is that it can also be lost.
- The effective leader cannot afford to lose credibility—in fact, he needs to stockpile it and build it in reserve.